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Thursday, 29 September 2016 22:31

Late Night Auto Body Shop Fire Under Investigation

KELSEYVILLE, Calif. – Authorities are investigating the cause of an early morning fire that destroyed a Kelseyville auto shop.

The fire was first reported just before 10:45 p.m. on September 26 at the shop in the 3500 block of Big Valley Road.


Kelseyville Fire Chief Joe Huggins said that the fire originally was dispatched as being located at Mike's Auto.


However, Huggins said that the fire actually occurred in an adjacent building that was part of another business, the name of which he did not know.


“They were obviously doing body work and repair,” as well as paint work, said Huggins.


Huggins said the initial report stated that fire and smoke were seen from the roof. When he got there, he said the fiberglass skylight had burned out. “The fire was coming from that, from the inside out.”


Kelseyville Fire had three engines, a water tender, nine firefighters plus Huggins on scene, while Lakeport Fire sent a truck and its chief, plus four firefighters. Another six firefighters, a battalion chief and two engines came from Cal Fire's Kelsey-Cobb station, Huggins said.


The building was a complete loss, Huggins said.


He estimated that the fire was contained by about midnight, but fire units remained on scene for another two hours for mop up and overhaul.


Huggins said the fire's cause is under investigation.


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